Friday, October 27, 2006

The Pharisee in Me

"Oh, Lord, I pray hard on my way
I try to do it every day
A publican to be I try
and beat my breast and sigh and cry
I'm hoping others round will see--
oops--there's the Pharisee in me!"
from The Pharisee in Me by Jill Briscoe

Don't you hate it when God hits you in the heart in your pleasure reading? This poem hit me hard this week. Can't get it out of my mind. I don't want to be a Pharisee. Yet someone close to me asked this week if I blog my journey for me to learn or to show off what I've learned. I pray that it is the former. Forgive me if it is the latter. And if you see the Pharisee in me show up, please love me enough to tell me. I mean it. If you don't point it out to me I might let her take up residency. And she's not welcome here.

Blessings to you all today!


Grafted Branch said...

A good caution that we can all use to examine our motives. It's a fine line, isn't it -- journaling our Walk.

We want to be careful that our motive is not pride while at the same time, we humbly avail ourselves to the rest of the body for the sake of edification. It would be so much easier to privatize the blog, but then we have to worry about selfishly hiding God's light under a bushel.

I'm going to go read more of your stuff, now that I've found the right one. You do know that this blog doesn't show up on your blogger profile, right?

MiPa said... I didn't know it wasn't showing up. off to fix that now. thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

I can't ever believe that you are journaling to show off what you've learned but I also hope it's more than just for you to learn. Hopefully you're also doing it so that others can learn through you. (((Hugs))) sweetie. I know, I for one, love to read your words and hopefully grow by doing so. Thanks!

Margaret said...

And here I thought you were blogging JUST to make ME think and pray. Me me it's all about me. :) I love reading your posts! Thank you, my friend.

Wendy said...

Your blogging certainly doesn't come across as showing off. Your posts help me look at where I'm at. Thankyou for sharing your walk.